The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Collins: Mansfield at War
The north Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield prepares for the threat of advancing Nazism.
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Beginning with a late 1930s preamble, including scenes taken during the Coronation celebrations of 1937, this reel, which was probably shot by Mr Collins, a Mansfield-based chemist, shows the efforts the town went to during the Second World War. From the local searchlight battery to the crashed German aircraft set up as a visitor attraction, it's characterised by a sense of wartime unity topped off with small town civic pride.